MAKE SURE YOU GET AN ADULT TO HELP YOU WITH ANY PLASTIC BAG MATERIAL.

Possible parachute materials

  • coffee filter
  • thin plastic bag
  • wax paper
  • thin cloth
  • cheesecloth or gauze
  • 3 to 15 strings for each parachute—all the same length
  • 1 heavy paper clip or tiny toy, or 3 identical small weights of any kind

Cut out 3 parachute circles, all the same diameter.

Attach 3-15 strings to each parachute (the same number of strings for each chute).

Tie the strings of each parachute to a weight. (Reuse the same weight for each drop, or use 3 identical weights.)

Drop each chute from the same height. (The higher you start the drop, the better your results.) Count how long each parachute takes to reach the ground. Which material made the slowest drop?

Please specify: